Labour Community Services
Labour Community Services is a unique position within the UW-C and labour movments. It operates under the general principles of a national partnership agreement between United Way of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress.
The fundamental job of Labour Community Services staff is to facilitate collective action between the two movements for the benefit of the community and working families. Locally, labour staff:
- work with unions and United Way to increase the involvement of union members, both during the campaign period and when volunteer resources are needed.
- work on community projects with the United Way, such as poverty, homelessness and affordable housing.
- work on labour council projects that have a beneficial impact for the community.
- provide direct services to workers, both unionized and non-unionized, through the programs and services of our Workers Help Centre, a project of United Way of Quinte and Quinte Labour Council.
The Workers Help Centre is a drop-in centre for unionized and non-unionized workers. It is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9AM to 3
PM. Appointments can also be booked during regular business hours by calling 613-962-9531 x 27 (United Way) or 613-848-7190 (Labour Council)
The Centre provides a number of services and programs, including direct assistance with EI, WSIB claims and workplace concerns, workshops open to local agencies and unions on employment-related issues, research and input to governments and commissions on issues related to employment security and support for small groups of laid-off workers who may not qualify for funding to set up local Worker Action Centres.